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Fort Worth Animal Shelter is over capacity

Posted June 12, 2019

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The Fort Worth Animal Shelter is extremely over capacity, with 266 animals entering the shelter in the past four days. The shelter’s intake on Tuesday alone was 94 animals.

Altogether, more than 678 animals are currently being housed and fed in the shelter. These animals also receive medical treatment and care for any special needs, such as newborn care.

Even with all of the innovative programs aimed at getting the animals out of the shelter — new foster families, increased action from rescue organizations, monthly transport program, among other initiatives — intake numbers keep dramatically increasing.

Dr. Tim Morton, Code Compliance assistant director who oversees Fort Worth’s Animal Care & Control Services, says that even if residents can’t commit to adopting a pet right now, they can make a huge difference by fostering a dog or cat.

“Fostering opens up kennel space to make room for the steady intake of new pets coming into the shelter each day. Right now, every single kennel is priceless.”

The need for help is immediate, especially for medium and large dogs.

Fort Worth Animal Care & Control’s main shelter at 4900 Martin St. is open noon-6 p.m. every day. Adoption fees are $10 and include spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinations.

Residents who are interested in fostering a dog, cat, puppy or kitten can complete an application online.

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